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Babergh cabinet approves increases in tax bill and council house rents

24 January 2020
Babergh cabinet approves increases in tax bill and council house rents

Babergh cabinet approves increases in tax bill and council house rents

24 January 2020

The council’s cabinet on Thursday agreed the first draft of the budget, which must now go to full council next month.


Task force calls for restoration of £368,000 grant for Citizens Advice in Suffolk

22 January 2020
Task force calls for restoration of £368,000 grant for Citizens Advice in Suffolk

Task force calls for restoration of £368,000 grant for Citizens Advice in Suffolk

22 January 2020

Despite the recommendations from the task force’s report, the county council has failed to commit to more funding.


Transfer of parking enforcement in Suffolk to go before Parliament for approval

16 January 2020
Transfer of parking enforcement in Suffolk to go before Parliament for approval

Transfer of parking enforcement in Suffolk to go before Parliament for approval

16 January 2020

A three-week period, where MPs can debate it, must now take place and, once signed off, preparations will be made for the changes to be introduced.


Nearly two thirds of motorists dissatisfied with condition of roads in Suffolk

15 January 2020
Nearly two thirds of motorists dissatisfied with condition of roads in Suffolk

Nearly two thirds of motorists dissatisfied with condition of roads in Suffolk

15 January 2020

Public satisfaction with Suffolk’s roads has improved in the last year but nearly two thirds of motorists are still not happy, new figures show.


Fears raised over impacts of financial restructure on Citizens Advice in Suffolk

08 January 2020
Fears raised over impacts of financial restructure on Citizens Advice in Suffolk

Fears raised over impacts of financial restructure on Citizens Advice in Suffolk

08 January 2020

The matter was raised on Tuesday, when the reinstatement of a £120,000 annual grant was discussed – a year after it was announced funding would cease.


Council tax bill in Suffolk set to rise by 4 per cent in 2020/21

18 December 2019
Council tax bill in Suffolk set to rise by 4 per cent in 2020/21

Council tax bill in Suffolk set to rise by 4 per cent in 2020/21

18 December 2019

It means from the county’s portion of council tax alone, a Band B property will pay £40 a year more.


Grant funding restored to Citizens Advice in Suffolk after county council U-turn

17 December 2019
Grant funding restored to Citizens Advice in Suffolk after county council U-turn

Grant funding restored to Citizens Advice in Suffolk after county council U-turn

17 December 2019

Finance chiefs confirmed in the first draft of the council’s budget for next year that it would be restoring a CAB grant of £360,000 over three years.


Plans to convert old warden house in Sudbury into temporary homeless bedsit approved

27 November 2019
Plans to convert old warden house in Sudbury into temporary homeless bedsit approved

Plans to convert old warden house in Sudbury into temporary homeless bedsit approved

27 November 2019

According to the Babergh District Council's homelessness team, the authority is still relying on temporary housing in B&Bs and bedsits in Suffolk.


Suffolk Chamber of Commerce urges general election candidates to help end Brexit stalemate

24 November 2019
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce urges general election candidates to help end Brexit stalemate

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce urges general election candidates to help end Brexit stalemate

24 November 2019

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is contacting all candidates across the county, asking what they will do to address the issues local firms are facing.


Babergh District Council joins new task force to support Citizens Advice in Suffolk

20 November 2019
Babergh District Council joins new task force to support Citizens Advice in Suffolk

Babergh District Council joins new task force to support Citizens Advice in Suffolk

20 November 2019

A task force has been formed across four Suffolk councils in a bid to come up with ideas to support the county’s Citizens Advice centres.


Tougher enforcement against illegal parking in Suffolk set to take effect in 2020

09 November 2019
Tougher enforcement against illegal parking in Suffolk set to take effect in 2020

Tougher enforcement against illegal parking in Suffolk set to take effect in 2020

09 November 2019

The measures look set to put more parking wardens on the streets and end the “wild west” situation in some of the county’s problem spots.

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Review of school transport in Suffolk to consider policy changes

06 November 2019
Review of school transport in Suffolk to consider policy changes

Review of school transport in Suffolk to consider policy changes

06 November 2019

Changes to a controversial school transport policy in Suffolk have not been ruled out in 2020, as a study is due to be published in the New Year.


Proposal calls for review of parking in Sudbury and Hadleigh

24 October 2019
Proposal calls for review of parking in Sudbury and Hadleigh

Proposal calls for review of parking in Sudbury and Hadleigh

24 October 2019

Plans for a major review of parking in Sudbury and Hadleigh have been tabled, which could see fresh measures to support public transport.


Suffolk County Council announces review of controversial school transport policy

23 October 2019
Suffolk County Council announces review of controversial school transport policy

Suffolk County Council announces review of controversial school transport policy

23 October 2019

The council's new Conservative education chief Mary Evans has apologised to affected parents and vowed for lessons to be learnt.


Five-year land supply for housing in Babergh is 'too little, too late', says opposition

04 September 2019
Five-year land supply for housing in Babergh is 'too little, too late', says opposition

Five-year land supply for housing in Babergh is 'too little, too late', says opposition

04 September 2019

Claims by two Suffolk councils that they now have a five-year housing land supply have been described as “too little, too late”.


'Vision for Prosperity' development blueprint to be produced for Hadleigh

02 September 2019
'Vision for Prosperity' development blueprint to be produced for Hadleigh

'Vision for Prosperity' development blueprint to be produced for Hadleigh

02 September 2019

A fresh vision for a Suffolk market town is to be drawn up, as the district council aim to help develop their culture, business and economy.


Plans for development of 170 homes in Hadleigh gain outline approval

31 August 2019
Plans for development of 170 homes in Hadleigh gain outline approval

Plans for development of 170 homes in Hadleigh gain outline approval

31 August 2019

Persimmon Homes is now set to work on detailed plans for homes on land south of Ipswich Road, after the first stage of its application was approved


Campaigners seek urgent changes to Suffolk school travel policy at meeting in Nayland

30 August 2019
Campaigners seek urgent changes to Suffolk school travel policy at meeting in Nayland

Campaigners seek urgent changes to Suffolk school travel policy at meeting in Nayland

30 August 2019

Parent campaigners against controversial changes to school transport have vowed to keep up the pressure on under-fire education chiefs.


Plans to merge Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils ruled out until 2023

28 August 2019
Plans to merge Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils ruled out until 2023

Plans to merge Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils ruled out until 2023

28 August 2019

The final merger of two Suffolk councils has been taken off the table until after the next local elections at the earliest, it has emerged.


Plans for 172 homes in Hadleigh recommended for approval ahead of planning meeting

27 August 2019
Plans for 172 homes in Hadleigh recommended for approval ahead of planning meeting

Plans for 172 homes in Hadleigh recommended for approval ahead of planning meeting

27 August 2019

The plans, which have been in the pipeline for more than a decade, look set to progress, after revised proposals have been put forward.


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